Legend to return for charity match

Pictured at the match are(left to right) Adam Brown, Martin Dunn, Peter Reid and Adam Bradley.
Pictured at the match are(left to right) Adam Brown, Martin Dunn, Peter Reid and Adam Bradley.

FORMER England international Peter Reid is set to take part in a charity game after signing up for a Sunday league team.

After his surprise appearance at Lowhills Road, in Peterlee, Reid has been invited to an annual charity match and said he would be happy to help with the event.

The former Sunderland manager agreed to sign for FC Easington in the Peterlee and District Sunday League and was on the touchline on Sunday, February 10.

The former midfielder, who played for England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, has now said he would “love” to help out in any way he can.

Easington Social Welfare Centre held a charity event for Cardiac Risk in the Young during the summer in which John Ber, father of Kasia who died aged 17 from a heart condition, raised hundreds of pounds.

Welfare chairman Ian Foster said: “We would be delighted to welcome Peter to the Welfare and it is great that he has said he will come up.

“He is an England legend and it would be amazing to see him in the Welfare for any event coming up.

“I hear he is into his motown.

“We host nights like that here so maybe he could pay us another visit!”

The Mail reported how 56-year-old Reid, who won 13 caps in three years for England, was in the region after watching Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and then turned up in the Peterlee changing rooms to pull on a kit and sign for the team.

Reid, who won the FA Cup with Everton in 1984, spoke to FC Easington player Chris Ber, 21, and Daniel Gething, 22, and they joked that he should turn up and play on the Sunday morning.

Reid then promised to come along from Seaham Hall and kept his word.

Reid said after the game: “I’m happy to come along and get involved with the lads.

“The craic with the lads before, during and after the game was brilliant.”

FC Easington beat Old Shotton Royal George 5-2 and have now signed Reid, who managed Sunderland in the Premier League when they finished seventh in consecutive years.